Songs Without Words
for vibraphone and piano

Owen Underhill
Composition Date: 2017
Duration: 00:20:00
Genre: Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, + Keyboard


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Vibraphone
  • 1 x Piano
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Programme Note:
The intimacy of creating songs without words has always appealed to me. I have now composed four songs without words for vibraphone and piano. The ringing sonorities and attacks of mallet on metal bars and hammer on piano strings create both a contrast and a rich combined resonance. The works are meant to have an immediacy and freshness, naturally evolving and exploratory and improvisational in character. The first two songs without words, dating from 1998 and 1999, were written in a single day, thinking of how frescoes are created before the paint becomes dry. These two songs are recorded by percussionist Richard Sacks and myself on my CD 'Celestial Machine' on the Artifact Music label. The third and fourth songs were written for Daniel Tones and myself to play as part of our duo collaboration. They maintain some of the same poetic, expressive qualities of the first two while extending the language and dialogue between instruments in new ways.

Premiere Information:
The four pieces were premiered on four different occasions
I - Banff Centre for the Arts, II - Regina Art Gallery, III - Leeds, UK, IV - University of Newcastle UK
28 Apr 2017
Daniel Tones - vibraphone Owen Underhill - piano


  • Call Number:
  • MI 7120 U55son
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, + Keyboard
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 11, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    25 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
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